BLUE FINS, BOURNEMOUTH & DOLPHINS  ...view in Facebook album

Some of the best shots froim the Bicester Blue Fins, Bournemouth and Swindon Dolphin swim club photo shoots in 2014.
Chesterfield Swimming Club  ...view gallery

Great fun with Chesterfield SC.
Hatfield Swimming Club  ...view gallery

Always a pleasure going to Hatfield - such a nice club and group of people. Here is a selection of pics from the shoot with words from a couple of the swimmers.
Warrender Baths Club  ...view gallery

A very Scottish themed photo shoot ahead of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

                                         
Millfield Swim Club 2013

A photo book of images from the shoot I did over the summer at Millfield School - one of my favourite venues. Used poster paints and a wind machine (cleverly disguised as a leaf blower) for this shoot. Click on the image below to view the book in Blurb...

                         
British Swim Champs 2013  ...view gallery

If you're in any of these photos you may use them for your own publicity purposes, or to get sponsorship etc. Contact me and I'll email you the high resolution copies.
Bolton Swim School  ...view gallery

My first time photographing swim school children. Used a new, backlit white sheet background to produce a much softer effect.

This is the whole gallery (every photo I took!) because parents are still choosing the photos they want from it. If you are a parent you can download the photo order form by clicking THIS LINK.
Bolton Metro Swim Club  ...view gallery

Some words from Bolton about their club:

"MSS is one of only two self-financing Swim 21 competitive development clubs in the country. Under the guidance of our inspirational Head Coach Emma Swanwick and her highly qualified and committed coaching team, our club is a place where swimmers can aspire and achieve in a warm and supportive environment.

"Indeed, we have an established reputation for producing swimming talent and are proud to say that swimmers from BMSS have swum at the European Junior Championships as well as at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our current squad contains exceptional national level swimmers and aspiring Olympians as well as younger swimmers who show great promise."
Wycombe Swimming Club  ...view gallery

After the kids painted the green letters on the background we tried a leaf blower, trampoline and green silk sheet to create a sort of water effect. Great fun was had by all. This from head coach Kevin Brooks:

"“Wycombe District Swimming Club is a large competitive club based in South Buckinghamshire (in the South East Region) and it’s a club that has produced swimmers up to International Level over the years. In September 2012 the club appointed new coaching staff led; by Olympic Level Coach Kevin Brooks. The club is based at the 6 lane x 50m pool at the handy cross junction in High Wycombe (off J4 on the M40). WDSC are getting excited for its new 8 lane 50m pool due to open in the summer of 2015.

"We aimed the shoot at some recently successful swimmers and tailored it to match with the club colours of Green & White! We wanted to show how much fun you can have in swimming so we used some (interesting!) props! .... look out for the Wycombe Swan!

"We had a lot of fun during the shoot and our thanks go to Simon who was brilliant! – We’re thrilled with the photos and very much look forward to welcoming Simon back soon!”
Swim Bournemouth  ...view gallery

A mix of portraits and underwater shots taken at Canford School.

"Swim Bournemouth was formed in 2010 with the amalgamation of two very successful programmes, with the vision of further maximizing the swimming opportunities to enable swimmers to achieve their potential. The club has a thriving programme for all ages and is the leading club in the county. Our age group programme saw them reach the National Junior Finals in 2012 along with developing our whole programme for swimmers to progress from County to Regional swimmers to National and International level. County Champions in 2012, plus our highest number of Regional and National level swimmers to date.

"A highly committed coaching team and committee strive to the highest levels while maintaining a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere within Swim Bournemouth. The club trains at Canford School, Ferndown Leisure Centre, Litledown, Stokewood Road and Rossmore Leisure Centre.

"Thank you Simon for a fantastic afternoon of great fun and laughter. The photos are fantastic and we are very privileged to be apart of your amazing project to promote swimming."
  Emma Richards, Head Coach
Leicester Penguins Swim Club  ...view gallery

"Leicester Penguins Swimming Club was established in 1961 and is Leicestershire’s most successful swimming club.

"A relatively small club with only 200 active members, the club is still able to boast Midland, National and GB level swimmers with the majority training under their superbly structured performance programme.

"The photoshoot with Simon was a great opportunity for the squad based a the superb Leicester Grammar School facility. He was able to bring art and even more fun and enjoyment to the swimmers natural sporting environment. Simon is extremely professional and has a unique talent for photography... Thanks again Simon, you will be recommended to others."  
Nigel Kube Head Coach LGS Squad of Leicester Penguins SC
CoSSS 2013 calendar  ...view gallery

A selection of images that will be in the 2013 calendar. As always, if you like them please buy from the club.
Kelly College  ...view gallery

Now finished. Please buy the photos from the club - not me!
Olympic Games Finals 28 July  ...view gallery

Did the best I could to take some shots from where I was sitting up in the gods. These images are not for re-sale.
National Age Group Champs 2012  ...view gallery

Shots taken on the 24th July.
Nationals 2012  ...view gallery progress

A few shots from semis and finals action on the 19th July. A few more to come.
Sheffield Otters Swimming Club  ...view gallery

A wonderful group of swimmers with learning difficulties who absolutely love swimming!
Hatfield Swimming Club  ...view gallery

The Pink Ladies and gentlemen make an appearance. Played around with pink-ish coloured lights aimed directly at the camera, which created interesting effects. These words from their head coach Nick Juba:

"We loved this man! Simon Wright brought his unique brand of magic to our University of Hertfordshire base – and great fun was had by all! Hatfield is a small but highly successful swimming club. Over the past decade we have featured every year in the National League Final and won it in 2006. This year we finished 2nd to Plymouth. We have won Top club at the National Youths and the National Age-Groups, and have had 3 Olympians at the last 2 Games.

"Our photo-shoot was built around sprinter Adam Brown ...view website who looked suitably mean and moody, but featured many of our bright young stars of the future! Pink is our team colour and it featured everywhere... Simon said it was one of his busiest photo-shoots ever! Our thanks both for his great patience and his great skills."


My best wishes to them for the future.
Alsager Bridgestone Swimming Club  ...view gallery

Went down to Stoke to do this shoot in what looked like a small theatre next to the pool. We threw up a dark paper roll and one of their swimmers painted the Alsager words you see on it. I think it worked well, especially with the splash of red  light. Some words about the club and shoot:

"Alsager Bridgestone ASC was established over 30 years ago and is a non-profit making, Swim 21 accredited organisation, dedicated to the improvement and progress of competitive swimming. Alsager aim to encourage and develop good sportsmanship, individual integrity, team spirit and provide an environment in which swimmers can realise their full potential at all levels.

"As well as developing individual swimmers from Learn to Swim - National level, Alsager Bridgestone has a strong team spirit. We were introduced to Simon at GB Swimstars by Gary Johnson, one of our senior swimmers, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the photo shoot. We hope that our photos help to promote swimming – both locally and further afield - and we look forward to viewing Simon's “snap-shot” of the Club. Many thanks Simon."

Alsager Bridgestone ASC – “A team above all, but above all a team”


Best wishes to them.
Some of the 2012 GBR qualifiers  ...view gallery

A fun and frantic day with Hannah Miley, Aimee Willmott, Rebecca Turner and Ellie Faulkner - plus the little Nova star Rosie Rudin.

Thank you to the incredibly talented Laura Gingell for the make-up and Nicola Scally for the hair styling. You can view Laura's website HERE



        















London 2012 Olympic Trials

Heats and finals from the first weekend in no particular order (i.e. not in strict running order, sorry).

Sat 3rd March heats  ...view gallery progress

          

Sat 3rd March Semis and Finals  ...view gallery

                       

Sun 4th March Heats  ...view gallery

        

Sun 4th March Semis and Finals  ...view gallery

                    
Swansea ITC  ...view gallery

Underwater, fashion and swimsuit shots... with a bit of a 60's theme and all done in one morning!

Good luck to all the Swansea ITC swimmers in the coming months.
Derventio eXcel Swimming Club  ...view gallery

We did this shoot one evening at Ponds Forge after the club's gala which was taking place there. It was a terrible night and no-one was sure we would all get home afterwards because it was snowing so much outside! I made a giant 'X' for their swimmers to stand against and backlit it using all the spare strobes I had in my bag... was very pleased with the result. Here are some really nice words from them about the whole experience:

"Derventio eXcel and all involved were excited and honoured to be a part of the GBswimstars project. Simon's photos are amazing and really capture the essence of swimming stars and future stars around the country...Great Britain are privileged to have someone capture all these moments in the lead up to the home Olympics"  Kim Hill, coach

"We are all so excited to be a part of the photos for GBswimstars, we have seen some of the other work Simon has done... they are amazing"  Jess Cross, Swimmer.

"The photos really allowed us to have fun and try different things, it was a great experience and doing the different looks was great"  Kathryn Roworth, swimmer

"When we were told it was an X-men type theme, we had to practice our game faces...which was hard when we were having so much fun"
  Krissy Tomlinson, swimmer

You can also read an excellent blog about the club by Pullbuoy  ...view blog

UWA Uniswim Club, Perth  ...view gallery

Fun in the sun with the University of Western Australia swim club... Some words about the club from Nat Benjanuvatra their Head Coach:

"The UWA-Uniswim Swimming Club has had a long and distinguished history since its formation as the Freshwater Bay swimming club in 1900. Partnership between the club and The University of Western Australia began in the early 1980's when a new swimming program was created by Jeanette and Brian Blanksby. They, along with students majoring in Human Movement, taught and coached an ever increasing number of local children to enjoy the sport of swimming.

"The heated outdoor pools provided excellent conditions for learning year round and in January 2004 Claremont Uniswim became UWA Uniswim Swimming Club to formally recognise the link with the University of Western Australia. Today, UWA Uniswim Swimming Club is a supportive and welcoming Club that caters for the whole spectrum of swimmers, from the aspiring Olympian, national, state and school swimmer and the 'just for fun' splashers."
Hobart Aquatic Club, Tasmania  ...view gallery

Visited the local swimming club when I was travelling in Tasmania last year and took some underwater shots of the local swim club.
Co Sheffield Swim Squad 2012 Calendar  ...view gallery

The COSSS calendar girls and boys are back!

All these pictures are available for sale via the club - not me.
City of Salford Swimming Club  ...view gallery

Another mad photo session above and below the water! This from their Head Coach, John Stout (thanks John!):

"We have a very proud history of developing International swimmers and National Champions since 1977 including 17 Internationals over the past 10 years. Our extensive success includes Olympic representatives, 2 Paralympic Gold Medallists, 4 World Record Holders in Disability Swimming, 4 GB Open Water Internationals and numerous National Champions at all levels.

"Currently Salford has 200 swimmers training for competitive swimming and our recently formed Synchronised Swimming section. We are a SWIM 21 Performance registered Swimming Club and hold a unique status in the swimming community when in the 2008-2009 season we had 7 GB Internationals all of whom learned to swim in our local Salford pools, a further GB member who joined us at 10 years old made it 8 in total for that season – a record that few can share.

"All of our swimmers made a great effort to do something different, they thoroughly enjoyed the photo shoot and we were lucky to have such a talented photographer capture some wonderful images. Many thanks to Simon for his tremendous professionalism, patience, effort and ‘focus’ – you are welcome back anytime.
Photos are now with the club."
City of Leicester Swimming Club  ...view gallery

Tried some new things - most of which seemed to work! We got the kids to write their name and stroke on the background paper roll and I think it worked well.

This from their coach Alex Dawson:

"City of Leicester Swimming Club is the elite performance club for Leicestershire and was founded in December 1977 with the amalgamation of several existing satellite clubs available water time. Whilst it has undergone many changes in that time the objectives remain the same, to provide professional coaching and training opportunities for swimmers within Leicestershire.

"From its initial conception the club has remained at the forefront of Regional and National swimming. This commitment to coaching excellence continues to identify talent potential and achieve podium success today.

"From initial talent identification each individual swimmer has access to a maximum of 24 hours of training per week that allows for full long term athlete development.

Over the clubs thirty year history there has been many highlights including representation at junior and senior International level, British National Age, Youth and Senior Champions and British record holders."
                 
Borough of Kirklees Swimming Club  ...view gallery

We had a record breaking number of kids for this shoot - so it was a case of quantity not quality, but we still got some nice shots...
International Disability Swim Champs 2011  ...view gallery

Action shots from the finals on Friday, 8th April.

I'm sad I didn't make it to the second day of these Champs, but I did manage to take a large number of pics on Friday. This was my first top class disability event and on Friday night I witnessed just how amazing disability swimmers are.
Sedgefield 75 Swimming Club  ...view gallery
  
Lovely club and really nice people. Something about them from their coach, John Moore:

"Sedgefield 75 Swimming Club is a club of around 80 swimmers and, as the name suggests, it was formed by Sylvia and Cyril Harris in 1975 to provide competitive swimming for people in the geographic area taking swimmers from Newton Aycliffe, Darlington, Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland and the neighbouring towns. The club trains at Aycliffe Leisure Centre and is made up of 3 squads. Sedgefield 75 Swimming Club is affiliated to the ASA North Eastern Region. The club caters for swimmers of all ages and it does well at county, district and national level and have had swimmers competing in Nationals every year since it was launched in 1975. The club is managed by a small coaching staff which is led by John Moore and the clubs has a friendly and approachable way to training which brings out the best of every swimmer.

"We aim to be a friendly club and make sure all swimmers are catered for. We have a small committee which helps the chief coach, in making the major decisions in the club. We decided to have the photo shoot as a way of making some much needed funds for the club. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning and the photos are fantastic."
Rushmoor Royals Swimming Club  ...view gallery
  
This shoot involved another trip down to the same pool in Aldershot where the GB synchro team train, so it's almost becoming my second home! We tried something different by using the rest of the club training in the other pool as the background for the photos. This meant we had to raise the floor on one side of the pool so I could stand in the middle of Lane 4! So thank you to the pool staff for making this happen.

This from Emma Collings, their head coach:

"Rushmoor Royals is affiliated to the ASA South East Region and is the leading Competitive Swimming Club in North East Hampshire covering the catchment area of Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley and Yateley. The Club has a thriving "Teach to swim" program for 5-7 year olds, a main competitive section for 8-25 year olds and a Masters Section for the over 25's.The Club develops swimmers up to National / International level and competes in league, County, and District Championships. With a large team of coaches, teachers and poolside helpers, the emphasis is on achieving the highest competitive levels whilst maintaining a friendly and enjoyable spirit amongst the membership.

"A highly committed and friendly management committee support and co-ordinate all club activities. The Club trains at the Aldershot Garrison pool, Farnborough recreation centre, Aldershot Pools complex, Camberley Arena and at the Yateley Centre pool. The photo shoot came about when ex Millfield Assistant Emma Collings, who organized Millfield's photo shoot, got offered the Head Coach position at Rushmoor in June 2010. Emma also is the GB Syncro Teams Swimming coach and has been present at his impressive photo shoots with the girls. With a website rebuild and a huge club restructure we hope to use the photos marketing potential on our website and look to build to be one of the leading clubs in the South East. Thank you Simon."
Swim Trafford Swimming Club  ...view gallery
  
My favourite photo from this shoot has the be the one to the left (with the Olympic rings). But for some reason the 'buckets of water thrown over child's head' photos proved extremely popular with the watching parents... can't think why ;)

Anyway it was great fun and the club really pulled out all the stops to make the shoot go as well as it could have done - despite me getting caught by a speed camera on the way there! Some words from the club below:

"Swim Trafford is Trafford's competitive performance swimming squad. Supported by the boroughs four development clubs and together with Trafford Community Leisure Trust, swimmers of National and International potential can be developed locally. The squad of 50 train regularly at Stretford Leisure Centre in the heart of Trafford. With Lancashire Cricket Ground and Old Trafford as neighbours - is it any wonder that they are a team of champions!"
Plymouth Leander Swimming Club  ...view gallery
  
A mad two days in Plymouth - two club photoshoots in less than 24hours!

Jon Rudd, their Head coach, said this about the club and the shoot:

"Plymouth Leander Swimming is one of the UK's most successful swimming programmes. The club have been the British National Youth Club Champions since 2008 and have matched this achievement in winning the National Arena Swimming League Cup over the last three years. Led by Great Britain National Squad Coach Jon Rudd, the PL 'blue army' place swimmers onto International teams each and every season with their most recent success being Antony James' two medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

"Plymouth Leander sport strong links with Plymouth College (11-18 years) and the University of Plymouth (18+ years) where highly sought after and attractive swimming scholarships are available. Plymouth College offer a swimming specific boarding house to allow young and ambitious swimmers to live and be educated in Plymouth whilst gaining from the PL coaching programme. Wow! And they can be seen at www.plymouthleander.co.uk and www.plymouthcollege.com

"The GBswimstars photoshoot was a great experience for all of us. The outcome proved to be amazing and we are so proud of how we all look! Great credit must go to the skills of Simon Wright behind the lens, whilst his able assistant on this occasion was Tom Daley! We were all surprised how bad Tom was at holding his breath on the underwater shots...! (sorry Tom!). So if you get the chance to do this at your club with Simon, grab the opportunity with both hands!"


Thanks Jon!

City of Sheffield Swim Squad 2011 Calendar  ...view gallery

We used some metal props kindly lent to us by the famous Sheffield steel company 'Gripple Steel'. These photos will be used in the club's 2011 calendar. Click logo to see the YouTube video...

   
Satellites Swimming Club  ...view gallery

We ended up with over 100 photographs from this photo shoot and you can now watch the video gallery on YouTube! Click the logo below to view..

   


You can see the amazing calendar and other things the club did with the pictures on their website ...VIEW

These words are from the club:

"Satellites of Macclesfield is a not for profit, membership based competitive swimming club - founded in 1972, self supporting and run entirely by volunteers; as such every penny we raise is needed to maintain momentum in the club and to re-enforce its position as the leading competitive club in Cheshire East. Our current development plan is based on attaining SWIM21 Competitive development accreditation and to plan for our 40th anniversary year in 2012.

"The photoshoot with GBSwimstars was initiated by our senior swimmer LLoyd Austin -who made the initial contacts and realised the potential for the club to raise funds through marketing use of the photographic resource. We also hope to engage the imagination of the local authority in utilizing these images as large format display panels around the building. Our thanks to Simon for his time and expertise - much appreciated by all at Satellites."
Mid Beds Swim Squad  ...view gallery

The club's selling these photos as a fundraiser.

You can now watch the video of the photos from the photo shoot on YouTube! Click the logo below to view...

   

Some words from the club:

"Mid Beds Swim Squad (MBSS) was founded in 1993 and is the premier competitive swimming club in Bedfordshire. Drawing directly from two feeder clubs, Biggleswade and Flitwick, MBSS offers elite training opportunities to the best swimmers in the region. The club has swimmers ranked at regional and national level, and international disability level, including Harriet Lee, IPC World Champion and World Record holder."
City of Sheffield Swim Squad Teaspoon Gala 2010  ...view gallery

Well done to everyone who took part on Sunday at Ponds Forge ISC.
Nova Centurion Swimming Club   ...view gallery

My thanks to everyone at Nova who made me feel so welcome. I'd never of believed a year ago I'd be taking pictures of GB coach of the year Bill Furniss in a woolly football hat and swimming superstar Becky Adlington underwater with my posh camera in a giant plastic bag. But here are the pictures...

NEW! You can view the Nova photo shoot in the YouTube video below. The club is now selling the photos as a fundraiser...

   






Millfield Swimming Club  ...view gallery

Yes, this really is the GB swimmer Georgia Holderness (Breaststroke) standing in the middle of Millfield's cricket pitch - if you look closely you can see the lawn mower in the background!

MiIllfield has to be seen to be believed - the facilities are absolutely incredible - and on arrival I thought I'd died and gone to photography heaven... A beautifully clear 50m pool to myself for practically the whole day, lit by natural light and a nice big, airy studio area next door. This time there was no hot and sticky weights room to cram into. Bliss!
Photo shoot with Emma Hollis  ...view gallery

Emma is a GB swimmer and the current British record holder in: (LC) SM8 400m IM, SB7 200m Breaststroke, SB7 100m Breaststroke,SB7 50m Breaststroke, (SC) SM8 400m IM and SB7 50m Breaststroke. I don't think even Phelps has held this number of records simultaneously!

She is also incredibly photogenic...

                          
Stirling Intensive Training Centre  ...view gallery

Sometimes in photography you get lucky - and I was very lucky to have a fabulous team of make-up artists to help me with this photo shoot over the weekend. The seven ladies are studying make-up at James Watt College in Greenock and based on what I saw they have a great future ahead of them. They are: Kayleigh Sutherland, Linsey Gilhooley, Lisa Campbell, Megan Gillies, Ruth Higgins, Emma Rock and Nina Blake.

Whilst I was in Stirling (what a beautiful place) I saw something interesting... During the ITC's early Saturday morning training session the lovely make-up ladies arrived to set up and get ready for the photo shoot. Once the (mainly) guys in the pool realised they had an audience their swim speed suddenly increased (verified by the coaches standing on poolside holding the stopwatches). So I got a little taste of what effect a home crowd will have on the GB team in London. Forget sports science and all that high tech stuff, just make sure there's a big crowd in the Aquatics Centre - and maybe a few make-up ladies ;)

                

Stockport Metro ITC superstars  ...view gallery

So here it is, the photo shoot with Keri-Anne Payne, Cassie Patten, David Carry, Michael Rock and James Goddard. The idea behind this photo shoot is explained by Ben Lafferty, Stockport Metro ITC Operations Manager:

"We’re aiming to promote the whole Stockport Metro programme – complete beginners through to senior international medallists, and we also want to create a ‘home of swimming’ feel to Grand Central Pools so that people who come here immediately recognise that it’s a place where some pretty exciting stuff goes on – swimmers completing their first 10 metres on their back, or nailing a breaststroke start for the first time, or completing a 6000m session for the first time, or preparing for their first ever World Championships for example. All the preparation for the four Olympic medals that the club won over the last four Olympics took place here at Grand Central and we want to celebrate that fact with these photos."

It was a really enjoyable day and some of these pictures (and other pictures not displayed in this gallery) are going to be displayed in and around the pool - scary stuff! You can also see a 'behind the scenes' view of the photo shoot courtesy of Andrea Smith - a very talented photographer who kindly assisted me  ...VIEW PHOTOS

One of these images was subsequently used by Links of London for their Keri-Anne Payne sponsorship launch - here it is:


                           
British Championships on 2nd & 3rd April  ...view gallery

My thoughts on the Brits now in the COMMENT section.

                
Gallica Swimming Club  ...view gallery

Another mad morning underwater and on poolside with the camera. I have to admit I never knew there were another TWO pools under the main competition pool in the Manchester Aquatics Centre, I guess you learn something new every day.

My thanks to all of the Gallica swimmers for making me feel so welcome and for their patience during the many different set-ups. I have no idea what training Louise their coach gives them or what cereal they eat for breakfast, but their physiques were incredible. Almost made me want to get back in the gym - I say ALMOST...
City of Sheffield Swim Squad  ...view gallery

Yep, more photos of my favourite club at Ponds Forge.

Good luck to them and everyone else taking part in the British Championships later this month.








Stockport Metro Intensive Training Centre  ...view gallery

As a photographer you have to be prepared for anything and everything to go wrong. You prepare for the worst and hope for the best... But I could do nothing about the one thing totally out of my control - the speed of these ITC swimmers. Sean Kelly, their coach (who by the way I awarded double Brownie points for kindly getting me a cup of tea when I arrived at the pool at a stupidly early time on Saturday morning), had warned me they would be doing a sprint session that morning. But I thought 'OK, 50m pool so lots of room and time to get in the pool for the underwater photos - frame, focus and shoot'. Ah yes - well maybe with club swimmers, but this was an ITC and these guys are the elite... Olympic athletes, World Champions, the best of the best.

So picture the scene: I jump into the pool with my underwater gear in the middle of their full-on sprint session. I'm lugging the camera and I'm wearing ankle weights to help keep me underwater, so I'm not exactly Mr Speedy Gonzales in the water. I turn to face the ITC swimmers in the nearside lane tearing down the pool towards me, I raise the camera to my eye ready to frame, focus then take the shot and... HOLY $%&*! It was like I'd jumped onto a Formula One racing track during a race. I saw each swimmer for a fleeting second then I was left for dead in their backwash. Not only were they going at an unbelievable speed but they were making no allowances for me being in their lane. They were focused on the job at hand and if I got in the way then it was tough £$%! Which I guess is fair enough if you're an elite athlete and every second of every training session counts (which it does). After a few attempts and near misses I gave up and got out the pool, so I'm sorry to say there are only a few underwater photos in the gallery. A lesson learnt.

Despite this near death experience I really enjoyed meeting some of our country's top swimmers. It was a privilege to meet athletes like Michael Rock, Keri-anne Payne and James Goddard and I was only sorry I could not have photographed more of the ITC swimmers that morning.    
Duel In The Pool: USA versus E-Stars, Manchester 2009   ...view gallery

Some of the photos from day one, Friday, during the morning training session/warm-up and evening competition in which 5 World Records were broken.

Well done to 'Rocky' (alias Michael Rock) for beating Phelps on Saturday - an amazing effort - and to all the other GB team.  My thoughts on the event are now in the COMMENT section of the website.
   
Kingston-upon-Hull Swimming Club   ...view gallery

Kingston-upon-Hull SC as you've never seem them before...  A fun - albeit very rushed - photoshoot focusing on the 'mean and lean' look with lots of moody lighting and new race suits.  We also tried some new underwater set-ups which seemed to work well.

The words on the posters are from the swimmers.

                                  
'Snow Frills' Swimming Gala 2009  ...view gallery

The best photos of the City of Sheffield Swim Squad in action at their 'Snow Frills 2009' competition in Ponds Forge.  I was only able to attend one of the many sessions over the course of the weekend, so apologies to all the COSSS swimmers I was not able to photograph - your time will come!                       
City of Sheffield Junior Development Swim Squad  ...view gallery

Apparently the junior development squad is the second best squad in COSSS - after the Masters of course ;)

They have gone from strength to strength led by their head coach Dave Naughton and the best of luck to them in 2010.

The posters can now be seen in another gallery ...VIEW POSTERS.  The kids provided all the words and I will use one or two of them in the forthcoming GBswimstars photo exhibition in February ...VIEW DETAILS.
       
Putteridge Piranhas Swimming Club  ...view gallery

I couldn't believe how many young brothers and sisters swim in the club together - you'll see them in these group photos taking a rare moment away from the family fighting - which was wonderful to see.  Enthusiasm, dedication and pride oozes from everyone and they really do the ASA and British Swimming proud.

I wish them the best of luck and continued success for the future.


City of Sheffield Swim Squad Underwater  ...view gallery

Some fun underwater action with senior swimmers from the COSSS Elite squad.  Lots of experimentation and trial and error, but we came away with some interesting pictures.

Posters from the National Championships 2009  ...view gallery

Here are the posters I've designed to date using photos from this year's Nationals.

At the end of the gallery you will also see some mock-ups of ideas for swimming club recruitment posters - rather different from the usual posters you see in swimming pools and schools.
National Youth Finals on Friday, 31st July  ...view gallery

More photos from the Nationals last month.  I also enclose a couple of poster mock-ups at the end to show what can be done with the photos; as I'm willing to make each club a poster of their favourite photo(s) for use in recruitment (e.g. put them in schools next term) or recognition ('well done XXXX').  Please contact me for more information.  Since the Nationals photos were published I've been contacted by quite a few clubs about a photo shoot with their swimmers, which is great.  So watch this space because your club could be next!
National Youth Finals on Thursday, 30th July  ...view gallery

Photos from the British Gas National Youth Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield (ordered from the first to the last race).  This is one of the biggest competitions of the year for GB team hopefuls and present were the very best 14 to 18 year olds in British swimming - including GB's top young multi-disability swimmers.

This was my first time at the Nationals and it was a privilege to watch these athletes compete.  You could see the 100% total commitment and determination to win oozing from the swimmers, and I tried to capture this by getting some pictures of the swimmers psyching themselves up just before they walked up to the starting blocks.  I hope these photos provide a glimpse of what must have been going through their mind as they prepared to race in the finals.
National Age Groups Heats & Finals on Sunday, 26th July  ...view gallery

I was there to take pictures of the incredible 14 year old wonder-boy Matthew Johnson winning his 10th gold medal.  I also took action shots of swimmers from clubs including; City of Sheffield, Plymouth, Nova, Ipswich, Dartes, Millfield and Stockport Metro - plus some others I couldn't identify in all the excitement.  I witnessed some amazing swims and many of these kids really are the GB swim stars of tomorrow... and for a few of them maybe the stars of London 2012..?!  Where possible in the gallery I've tried to group the photos by club. 

Doncaster Dartes Posters & Portraits  ...view gallery

Posters and portraits of the Doncaster Dartes senior swimmers and the club's coaching and management team.  A Podcast recording of an interview we did after the photo shoot is coming soon.  I've started putting together a number of different ideas for recruitment posters aimed primarily at boys.

Doncaster Dartes Underwater & in Action  ...view gallery

Here are the underwater and action photos we took of the Doncaster Dartes.
City of Sheffield Swim Squad National Qualifiers Posters   ...view gallery

So far the City of Sheffield have had a great year - one of the highlights being Ellie Faulkner winning the Open Water gold medal at the Junior Europeans in July.  These posters were presented to the juniors who were successful in getting their national times this year and maybe some of them are the GB swim stars of tomorrow...

The photo shoot was great fun but it didn't go to their heads, because 5.30am the morning after we took these photos these young swimmers were back in the pool doing a gruelling 10 x 800m training set (swim 800m then have a quick rest, swim another 800m, another rest etc.)  Now that's got to hurt!


City of Sheffield Swim Squad Star Swimmers   ...view gallery

Some of the rising stars at the City of Sheffield:

James Kirton (200m Breaststroke ) - GB team Podium level swimmer; with Rebecca Turner (Freestyle), Jack Dunn (Freestyle) and Max Partridge (Breaststroke) - who are all GB Development level swimmers.

Also two junior swimmers, Ellie Faulkner (Free) and Braxston Timm (Fly).  Both qualified for the Junior Europeans this summer.